I Had a Fraxel Treatment, Can I Use Desonide Gel/Cream on it?

I have some and it feels better. They used 5/25 just below the area of my eyes. They covered my eyes for the laser, but I got fraxel to treat the eye area for fine lines. After 1 week and 1 day I have area that is mildly red, slight edema, slightly rough, looks sort of orangepeelish, tight and you can see where the laser went, it looks like a have a light impression around the area they did.

Doctor Answers 4

Fraxel Treatment Healing

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Thank you for your question. I would leave it alone and allow for full healing. Its normal to experience redness, swelling, roughness, and tight skin. I would advise in moisturizing the area and avoiding sun exposure. Also, make sure to follow up with your provider. I hope this helps.

Fraxel laser resurfacing post op regimen

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Many doctors do Fraxel laser differently, requiring different post operative treatments. Your skin may react much differently than others, and although settings may be the same, a doctor may do less or more passes than another provider so you should check for your particular instructions with the physician who treated you.

Corticosteroids could increase risks of secondary progression of bacterial, yeast and herpes infections, so don't use anything on sensitive laser-treated skin without permission from your treating physician.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Using Desonide after Fraxel treatment-not recomended

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You might still see some erythema present up to 3 weeks especially around a delicate area like the eyes. Desonide is mainly for a rash irritation and the reason you have redness is due to the laser so I would recommend you use aquaphor lightly around the area to hydrate it and a light eye cream with sun protection when you are outside.

Lisa Airan, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Fraxel questions

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There is some complexity to your question as there are different types of Fraxels and the response is different depending on the type of Fraxel used. Regardless, the use of steroids around the eyes should only be under strict physician supervision so it is best that you ask this question for your doctor and make sure he or she is aware that you are using this drug.

Roy G. Geronemus, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

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